HB 140 is Designed to Raise Motor Vehicle Fees

In a move to raise more revenue for Delaware’s Transportation Trust Fund (TTF), some state legislators have sponsored HB 140, designed to raise a set of 14 separate motor vehicle documentation fees.

Democrat Representatives Peter Schwartzkopf (Dist.14), Valerie Longhurst (Dist.15), John J. Viola (Dist. 26), S. Quinton Johnson (Dist. 8) and Edward S. Osienski (Dist. 24) as well as Senators Patricia M. Blevins (Dist.7), David B. McBride (Dist. 13), Margaret Rose Henry (Dist.2) with David P. Sokola (Dist. 8) are primary sponsors.

Estimated to cost Delaware drivers an additional $ 24 million annually, the increase is projected to raise an additional $12.5 million for the TTF. Under the terms of HB 140, the motor vehicle document fee (imposed on new cars sold in Delaware) would rise from 3.75 percent to 4.25 percent, the fee for driver’s licenses record sales would increase from $15 to $25 and car title fees would inflate from $25 to $35.

The bill was filed last Friday, May 8 and is currently pending action in the House Revenue and Finance Committee. Pursuant to the Delaware Constitution, revenue increase measures require approval by a 3/5 (60%) majority in both houses.

Given the current composition of the Delaware State Senate, at least one Republican vote is needed for passage.

Read the entire bill at: http://legis.delaware.gov/LIS/lis148.nsf/vwLegislation/HB+140/$file/legis.html?open